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Pat Shingleton: A Cough, A Sneeze, A Hurricane

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Posted: May 31, 2014 3:43 PM by Pat Shingleton
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As we find ways to keep cool, we're also preparing for Hurricane Season. Our special, Weathering the Storm 2014, airs tonight at 6:00 on WBRZ. A human cough creates a 300 mile per hour wind gust. No. 2 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale is a sneeze at 75 to 100 miles per hour. As noted in a previous column, imagine taking a nine-pound, 2-by-4 and firing it 34 mph into a window simulating the effects of a hurricane on coastal structures. Much of the building damage during a hurricane is caused by window and door failure. When hurricane-force winds blow through a home, walls and roofs are forced out, collapsing the structure. Re-designed windows now have a plastic interlayer between two sheets of glass.

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